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The Role of Rubs
No one is sure of the exact purpose of buck rubs. Yes, bucks will rub trees to remove their velvet, but with velvet-drop being a fairly quick process (24 hours or less in most cases), and since most rubs are made long after the bucks have lost the...

Give It a Rest
Whether it's buck fever, heavy breathing from walking or just the weight of the gun, holding steady for a shot on a bruiser buck is just plain hard. While there are times when every hunter is forced to take a free-hand shot, far too many fail to ...

Train Your Eyes To Look For Deer
Too many hunters are looking for an animal much bigger than a deer. We call this the "horse with antlers" mentality. Magazine photos and videos make whitetails seem much larger than they are. A mature buck stands about 3 feet to his back. The top ...

All Deer Are 3-D
In the past we have talked about treestand shots and the possibility of hitting higher than we want to. That topic brings up another important point: shooting deer at angles -- and this information applies to bowhunters and gunhunters. First, not ...

Are We Having Fun Yet?
I had a pretty long streak of bad hunting luck during the 2000 through 2003 seasons. I think I tagged just one buck through those four long years, so before heading out to the woods in 2004, I decided to sit down and take stock of what I was doing...

It is Okay To Be Grounded
Treestands are, without a doubt, fantastic hunting tools. They help get you above a deer's nose and eyes, and today's models are comfortable enough for all-day vigils. Don't make the mistake of assuming that if you can't set up a treestand that y...

Shooting Lanes...Not Superhighways
If you bowhunt long enough, you're going to hit a limb with an arrow. Hopefully it happens while taking a shot a doe for the freezer and you can laugh about it later. Whether the shot is at a doe or the buck of a lifetime, though, the experience ...

Stop, Look and Listen After the Shot
We all put a lot of preparation into having our equipment sighted in and ready. As a community, hunters have done a great job of educating one another about the importance of making a good, clean shot. Many of us in the outdoors media have be...
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